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They are not House-trained

The report Day of shame (February 11), proves that uneducated politicians lack a code of conduct not only outside, but also within the House.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2009 22:57 IST

The report Day of shame (February 11), proves that uneducated politicians lack a code of conduct not only outside, but also within the House. Their tendency to resort to throwing mikes, chairs, desks and paper balls and shouting slogans has shown them up as uncivilised and unqualified. Don’t these unruly leaders realise that they are setting a wrong precedent for the youth of India? Does the Constitution of India permit this? It is time that a code of conduct for politicians is enforced to restore the respect that this profession deserves and demands.

Anusha, via email

It’s the name of the game

I agree with Rajdeep Sardesai’s analysis that the Congress should project Manmohan Singh as the next Prime Minister of India. The party is facing a dilemma as to whether voters will accept as PM a man who cannot promise regularisation of illegal construction, free electricity, etc. Sadly, a person like Singh would not like to promise all this just for the sake of prime ministership because he holds the country above everything else.

N Nagarajan, via email

II

Rajdeep Sardesai has said that the Congress should have the courage to project Manmohan Singh as the next PM. It seems Sardesai is merely wasting the readers’ time on issues which are not connected with the nation’s development. If Sardesai is selected as the next PM of India by the Congress, what would he do to solve the problem of urban poverty? He should try to become a responsible journalist and understand the lives of the poor.

SC Aggarwal, Delhi

III

Rajdeep Sardesai has rightly analysed the Congress’s reluctance to project Manmohan Singh as the next Prime Minister. The reason is that none of the Congress leaders, except party President Sonia Gandhi, is willing to accept him as the PM. The Prime Minister plays an important role in a democratic set-up. People have the right to know the person they are electing to such a high office. The Congress and other national parties should declare the name of their prime ministerial candidates before the general elections, a move that will help in strengthening our democratic process.

Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi

Culture’s our birthright

With reference to Amrita Nandy-Joshi’s article A dishonourable cause (February 12), individuals have the freedom to lead their lives according to their own terms and conditions. However, hypocrisy has ruled our country for way too long. Women are treated as the weaker sex, on whom the supposedly ‘superior’ menfolk can impose their will, making it impossible for social justice to prevail. What do these so-called custodians of our culture wish to gain by politicising everything?

Jayalakshmi Chellapa, Delhi

Backwards to the future

The editorial Hanging on the past participles (Our Take, February 10), has rightly highlighted that with the start of the election season, the Congress and the BJP are again busy finding fault with each other. Although finger-pointing over the 2002 Gujarat riots is all very well, any mention of the 1984 Delhi riots is hastily swept under the carpet by the Congress. Before advising the political parties to move on, the media itself should move ahead and suggest something new to bring about much-needed change in the country, instead of playing the old Congress game of beating its arch-rival BJP with the Gujarat stick.

Anand Mohan Hans, via email

It’s all in the male mind

With reference to Sagarika Ghose’s article What lies beneath (Bloody Mary, February 11), at the heart of the issue lies the fact that Indian men are yet to change their feudal mindset. The sooner they learn to respect the identity of a woman and her right to make personal choices and decisions, the sooner Indian culture will be redeemed.

JM Manchanda, Delhi